Wardell Milan, Michael Ross

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross, 2018. From the series Parisian Landscapes (2013–2019). Printed paper, gelatin silver prints, watercolour, and graphite, 40.6 x 26.4 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Purchase, with funds from the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2019. © Wardell Milan 2019/2250.

Dawoud Bey, John Edmonds, Wardell Milan

October 31, 2020 - April 18, 2021

Located on Level 1 (the Main Level) in gallery 129, the Robert & Cheryl McEwen Gallery.

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Dawoud Bey (born 1953), John Edmonds (born 1989), and Wardell Milan (born 1977) — contemporary African-American artists from three generations — all consider how photographs continue to shape Black American experiences.

In these works, from series made between 2017 and 2019, the artists grapple with African-American visual representations over time. They are driven by various questions: What can photographs actually document? Can they evoke experiences of the past? Can their contexts be reinvented? Using a range of aesthetic strategies, Bey, Edmonds, and Milan each transform histories of violence and present complex and poetic visions of Blackness.

The works were all recently acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Presented in collaboration with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


ARTWORK FROM THE EXHIBITION

Dawoud Bey, Untitled #20 (Farmhouse and Picket Fence II)

Dawoud Bey, Untitled #20 (Farmhouse and Picket Fence II), 2017. From the series Night Coming Tenderly, Black (2016–2017). Gelatin silver print, 121.9 x 149.9 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Purchase, with funds from the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2019. © Dawoud Bey 2019/2251.

Dawoud Bey, Untitled #20 (Farmhouse and Picket Fence II)
John Edmonds, Untitled (Du-Rag 3)

John Edmonds, Untitled (Du-Rag 3), 2017. Archival pigment print on Japanese silk, 150.5 x 107.5 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Purchased with the assistance of Art Toronto 2017 Opening Night Preview, 2017. © John Edmonds 2017/42.

John Edmonds, Untitled (Du-Rag 3)
Wardell Milan, Michael Ross

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross, 2018. From the series Parisian Landscapes (2013–2019). Printed paper, gelatin silver prints, watercolour, and graphite, 40.6 x 26.4 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Purchase, with funds from the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2019. © Wardell Milan 2019/2250.

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross

 

 

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